Proposing the idea of day-boarding in the city, Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore suggested initiating the concept of extended schools here. He recommended that schools should get students to play games and finish their home-work post school hours on the campus itself so that kids are free to relax and spend time with family post 5pm.
This suggestion was made during the concluding function held at Government Model High School (GMHS), Manimajra, after its inauguration including three other schools: GMHS-48; GMHS-49 and Government Model Middle School (GMMS), Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, on Wednesday.
“We can initially try this in three or four model schools and seek feedback from parents depending on which, it can implemented in more schools,” added Badnore while talking about extended schools.
He was also the chief guest at the event. Local member of parliament, Kirron Kher, UT advisor Parimal Rai, education secretary Sarvjit Singh, inspector-general Tejinder Singh Luthra and director school education Rubinderjit Singh Brar were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Badnore congratulated the administration for their efforts to expand the quality of education by opening four new government schools simultaneously in the city. He said that education plays a vital role in shaping a kid’s personality and setting role-models for society and imbibing moral values.
Addressing the audience on the occasion, Kirron Kher said, “It was the desire of the residents of these areas to have a model school which has been fulfilled today.” She further appreciated the fast-track efforts taken by the adviser to the administrator in ensuring that the schools are ready in stipulated time.
GMHS in Sector 48, 49, Pocket number 1 and GMMS, Modern Housing Complex in Manimajra have been set up to cater approximately 4000 students with around 95 classrooms in all the four schools.
Education secretary Sarvjit Singh said that the inauguration of new schools was the need of the hour. He said students from surrounding schools will be adjusted in the new schools.
Also present on the occasion were chief principal secretary MP Singh, deputy mayor Harmeet Singh, deputy director school education Chanchal Singh, district education officer Vinay Sood, deputy director of school education and other senior officials of the education department, area councillors and principals.
Other suggestions made by VP Singh Badnore
1) He suggested that retired generals, admirals, governors, judges and senior civil retired officers residing in the city can come to the schools as guest faculty and share their experiences/stories thereby preparing and motivating the future generation. The UT adviser, Parimal Rai, had made a similar suggestion during the Independence Day function recently post which the education department had invited applications and had received a positive response in this regard. Over 50 applications had already come in.
2) He also emphasised on the need to build confidence and good leadership skills in students from the beginning. Badnore said, “We may arrange 2 to 3 minute speeches daily in every class for students to make them a future orator and bring in the confidence.”
3) Social work: He encouraged students to take forward the Swacch Bharat campaign and requested education department officials to arrange trips to the slum areas and colonies.
DSE promises education quality improvement in 6 months
After students of Dhanas government school complained about the absence of teachers from schools during an interaction with MP Kirron Kher, she took it upon herself to address the issue. She said, “A building does not make a school but teachers do. I was very upset to hear that teachers were not taking their duty seriously and request all the staff members to give more quality time to students and nurture them.” She even thanked the adviser and other education department officials for reacting to her concerns and formulating a committee for surprise inspections. DSE Rubinderjit Singh Brar promised that ‘within the next six months, there will be a remarkable improvement in quality of education’. He told HT, “We will begin the inspections on Thursday and will ensure that it reaps immediate results.” The committee holding surprise inspections headed by Brar himself consists of five members.